The Design Museum will mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, presenting Imagine Moscow: architecture, propaganda, revolution - an exhibition that will explore six unbuilt architectural landmarks in Moscow from the 1920s and 1930s.
Large scale architectural plans, models and rarely seen drawings will be feature, alongside propaganda posters, textiles and magazines of the time, seeking to contextualise the transformation of a city re-born as the new capital of the USSR, and the international centre of socialism. Amongst these unrealised projects was the Palace of the Soviets, planned to be the world’s tallest building, and Cloud Iron, a network of horizontal skyscrapers.
This new future saw architects imagine factories, theatres, communal housing and ministries. These dream-like projects suggest an alternative reality for the series of sites around the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of their time. Each of these projects introduces a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: industrialisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, communal living and recreation.
Eszter Steierhoffer, curator of Imagine Moscow said: ‘The October Revolution and its cultural aftermath represent a heroic moment in architectural and design history. The designs of this period still inspire the work of contemporary architects, and the radical ideas in the exhibition remain highly relevant to cities today. Imagine Moscow brings together an unexpected cast of ‘phantoms’ – architectural monuments of the vanished world of the Soviet Union that survive in spite of never being realised.’
15 March – 4 June 2017